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Springsteen on Springsteen: Interviews, Speeches, and Encounters (Musicians in Their Own Words)by Jeff (edt) Burger
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Leonard Cohen, one of the most admired performers of the last half century, has had a stranger-than-fiction, roller-coaster ride of a life. Now, for the first time, he tells his story in his own words, via more than 50 interviews conducted worldwide between 1966 and 2012.
In Leonard Cohen on Leonard Cohen—which includes a foreword by singer Suzanne Vega and eight pages of rarely seen photos—the artist talks about “Bird on the Wire,” “Hallelujah,” and his other classic songs. He candidly discusses his famous romances, his years in a Zen monastery, his ill-fated collaboration with producer Phil Spector, his long battle with depression, and much more. Youll find interviews that first appeared in the New York Times and Rolling Stone, but also material that has not previously been printed in English. A few have not been available until now in any format, including many illuminating reminiscences that contributors supplied specifically for this definitive anthology.
"Journalist Burger sticks to the primary source in this engaging collection of interviews and speeches, and an interesting new kind of biography of singer-songwriter Bruce Springsteen emerges. Materials from every stage of the Boss's career, from his early successes of the '70s to his much more recent status as an elder statesman of pop music, allow the book to show the reader something that a more traditional biography could not typically accomplish: capturing Springsteen's hopes, worries, artistic processes, and state of mind at the precise moments of certain life changes — including the sudden, unimaginable success of Born to Run and the death of his friend and bandmate Clarence Clemons — in a way that cannot be colored by our 40 years of hindsight. Fortunately, Burger, having picked such an articulate subject, offers just the right amount of context to open each piece, and for the most part lets the multiple past versions of Springsteen do the talking. This book functions as a fun and light read, but is still a boon to any serious Springsteen scholar. It is especially recommended to any aspiring and casual fans too young to remember the impact the Boss had on the 1970s. (Apr.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Offering fans an extensive look at the artists own words throughout the past four decades, Springsteen on Springsteen brings together Q&A-formatted articles, speeches, and features that incorporate significant interview material. No one is better qualified to talk about Springsteen than the man himself, and hes often as articulate and provocative in interviews and speeches as he is emotive onstage and in recordings. While many rock artists seem to suffer through interviews, Springsteen has welcomed them as an opportunity to speak openly, thoughtfully, and in great detail about his music and life. This volume starts with his humble beginnings in 1973 as a struggling artist and follows him up to the present, as Springsteen has achieved almost unimaginable wealth and worldwide fame. Included are feature interviews with well-known media figures, including Charlie Rose, Ted Koppel, Brian Williams, Nick Hornby, and Ed Norton. Fans will also discover hidden gems from small and international outlets, in addition to radio and TV interviews that have not previously appeared in print. This collection is a must-have for any Springsteen fan.
About the Author
Jeff Burger is the author of published articles in more than 75 magazines and newspapers, including Barrons, Family Circle, Gentlemens Quarterly, Golfweek, High Fidelity, the Los Angeles Times, and Readers Digest. He has also edited several major professional and financial magazines.
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